Fall 2013: Former N.C. Gov. Jim Hunt addresses educators
Jim Hunt, a nationally recognized leader in promoting public education, headlined the Elon's Master of Education Commencement ceremony Aug. 17.
Elon University leaders conferred degrees Aug. 17 on 23 students in the Master of Education program whose Commencement speaker praised their dedication to teaching while offering hope for the future of education in North Carolina and beyond.
Former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. showered gratitude on the professional educators seated before him in Whitley Auditorium. He also praised the university for its focus on preparing great teachers, giving a special nod to Elon University President Leo M. Lambert.
Hunt’s remarks came weeks after lawmakers passed a state budget and other legislation that many observers have criticized as unfriendly to public school employees.
“I want you to know that the people of our state appreciate you. Not just your family and friends, but the people of this state. You as teachers are our heroes. I really mean that, and the people mean it, whether or not they say it often,” Hunt said. “Some people in Raleigh may not appreciate and respect you as much as they should, but most of us do. You can read the letters to the editor of the papers and the op/eds and you’ll know that.”